Early on in lockdown my wife, Sarah, my middle daughter, Lily, and I decided that we were going to have to do something to stop our brains curdling. Our usual cultural habits at home, watching fairly mediocre TV drama and pretending that anything made in Finland and starring a gloomy detective was good, wouldn’t cut it. We didn’t need anything to relax us — we were catatonically relaxed — or to pass the time. The main criterion was going to be this: would we emerge from anything we saw or did knowing or understanding something we hadn’t before? With the help of the culture pages of The Times and zoomed recommendations from friends, we began to put together a
Sophie Robinson used a dark colour on the units and tiles in her kitchen to “push the wall away” and make it seem biggerSophie Robinson, interior designer, podcaster, wearer of excellent earrings and a star of BBC One’s Healthcheck UK Live at the moment, says: “After weeks in lockdown many of us are fed up with staring at the same four walls.” She has been broadcasting from her home on ways to refresh and reorganise your rooms to boost your mood. Restyling her bookshelves, she explains most of us have little need to buy anything new. “I shop my home and go round the house until I find something that looks right.”Robinson’s work and family life has been turned upside down by the pandemic. Her routine of filming and writing, styling and designing interiors has been suspended. Only her podcast with Kate Watson-Smyth, The Great Indoors,
Forests are becoming younger and trees shorter because of climate change and the harvesting of timber, according to a report. The rapid decline in old forest around the world is damaging wildlife because older trees and woods host a greater variety of species, scientists said. The area of old growth forest which has been standing for more than 140 years has fallen by a third globally since 1900 to less than 25 million sq km, the researchers discovered. Over the same period the amount of young forest less than 140 years old has doubled to at least 12 million sq km. Climate change is accelerating the decline of old forest because rising temperatures are increasing the frequency and severity of wildfires, droughts, storms and
In the past five years Rolls-Royce shares have gone from 923p to last night’s close of 319pThe hedge fund manager who has just been appointed as the head of Norway’s £850 billion sovereign wealth fund got the nod on the day that he booked losses potentially running into tens of millions of pounds on a five-year losing investment in Rolls-Royce. Shares in the engine-making aerospace group fell by almost 8 per cent yesterday as it emerged that Ako Capital, which had accumulated a 5.2 per cent stake in Rolls-Royce, sold the lot in a placing on the stock market. Ako is owned and operated by Nicolai Tangen, 53. He is well known in charitable circles as one of Britain’s biggest philanthropists, backing — perhaps appropriately — the British Museum’s exhibition of Edvard Munch’s The Scream last year. Yesterday he was
Nicola Sturgeon said that sunbathing would be allowed from today and that this would be a weekend of “emotional reunions”Friends and family across Scotland will be able to meet outdoors in groups of eight for a socially distanced barbecue or picnic today after Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that she was relaxing lockdown restrictions. People will be allowed to sunbathe in local parks and play sports such as golf, lawn bowls and outdoor tennis while barbecues will be permitted provided guests bring their own food, and do not share food, plates, cutlery or cups. Teachers and other staff will be allowed to re-enter schools from Monday to prepare for the proposed return of pupils on August 11. Children may move around schools in polytunnels and may have to take lessons in alternative venues such as theatres, leisure centres and libraries, according to official advice guiding
The Daily Mail and General Trust said that Covid-19 had hit sales of its print titles and decimated ad income. In April revenues at its consumer publishing division fell by 33 per cent, with sales of print titles down 17 per cent and advertising down 46 per cent. DMGT said that there had been a “slight improvement” this month, with circulation down 9 per cent and advertising 45 per cent lower. The publisher has increased circulation every week since early April thanks to a rise in home deliveries. The dramatic fall in its advertising sales is in line with
A Glasgow Royal Infirmary surgeon said there was a feeling that NHS staff were “somehow protected in some way”Staff in Glasgow hospitals are dropping their guard by failing to wear face masks or observe social distancing in coffee rooms and meetings, senior medics have warned. Michael Palmer, a surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary who has called for the widespread use of masks, said his colleagues were “one of the worst groups of people” for breaching the rule to remain two metres apart and wear face coverings. He said he had attended meetings where it was impossible for staff to keep the requisite distance with no one wearing masks other than himself. All staff covered their mouths and noses in operating theatres and during ward rounds, he said, but added: “You go to the staff coffee room and you will find them all without
The antoninianus was probably used to pay soldiersIn 1973, ten-year-old Kevin Scillitoe was sifting through soil in Colchester when he came across the kind of Roman coin that metal detectorists spend their lives searching for. Now, 47 years later, he has decided to put the rare artefact up for sale. The bronze coin is thought to be one of only two of its kind to have been found and was struck for the military commander Carausius who formed a breakaway state in Britannia and Northern Gaul in AD286. It shows a portrait of Carausius on one side, with Jupiter on its reverse and the inscription IOVI CONS AVG, “to Jupiter, protector of the emperor”. Jupiter appears wielding not only his thunderbolt but also a trident, normally an attribute of Neptune.
Shops were looted, buildings set alight and one man was shot and killed during a second night of protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man who was seen gasping for air as a police officer knelt on his neck. Protests that began peacefully on Tuesday turned violent on Wednesday night and spread to Tennessee and California, where hundreds of people blocked a motorway in Los Angeles and some attacked police cars. Mr Floyd died after an officer knelt on his neck for at least eight minutes CHRISTOPHER HARRIS/APJacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, demanded the arrest of the police officer who knelt for at least eight minutes on the neck of George Floyd. “Why is [he] not in jail?” he said. “If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars
Emily Maitlis broke BBC impartiality rules with her criticism on Newsnight of Boris Johnson’s “blind loyalty” to his chief adviserThe BBC has appointed a former executive to review how it maintains impartiality on social media, amid concerns that journalists are discrediting the corporation by revealing their opinions. Richard Sambrook, a former director of global news, will assess whether official BBC accounts are doing damage by posting clips of provocative moments from shows such as Question Time. BBC bosses censured Emily Maitlis, the host of Newsnight, after she delivered a monologue attacking Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson at the start of Tuesday night’ s show. Maitlis tweeted her thanks to viewers for their supportMaitlis said she had been overwhelmed by support from viewers in a post on her personal Twitter account and insisted that it was her decision to skip Wednesday’s programme. Many BBC presenters and managers fear that a
President Xi Jinping is applauded as he arrives at the National People's Congress, which approved a new draft security bill for Hong KongBritain will give greater visa rights to the people of Hong Kong unless China suspends new security laws in the territory, the foreign secretary has said. The National People’s Congress of China yesterday formally announced its decision to impose the legislation, which makes it a crime to undermine Chinese authority in Hong Kong. Britain reiterated its “deep concern” over the plan in a joint statement with Australia, Canada and the US. The allies said the contentious law would erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and undermine the “one country, two systems” principle that has protected the territory’s status since the handover in 1997. The law would also violate the 1984 UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration that guarantees the rights and freedoms of the people, the states said.
Investors and analysts have been toasting Marston’s deal with Carlsberg. Shares in the FTSE 250 pubs and brewery group doubled in price on the day the agreement was made public at the end of last week, and have lost little of their fizz over the subsequent days. The follow-ups from the analysts that cover the stock have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. While the partnership dims Marston’s involvement in brewing ales and beers, and sparked howls of outrage from the ale purists, it has teamed up with a well-regarded player and the terms value its existing operations at a sound multiple of earnings. The £273 million cash payment Marston’s receives means that it can meet its target of cutting its unsustainable
How can we end the current impasse over transgender athletes? The policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics, the office said. They were also seeking to erase all records set by the transgender athletes. Connecticut is one of 18 states, along with Washington DC that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com. Several other states have polices barring the participation of transgender athletes, and Idaho recently became the first to pass a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports.
May 28, 2020 18:22 UTC
Request emerges as experts warn of ‘collateral damage’ from Xi Jinping and Donald Trump deal to end trade warAustralian government asks China for same reduction in trade barriers as USThe Morrison government has asked China to grant Australia the same reduction in bureaucratic trade barriers that Beijing has promised the United States. Australia’s key exports – such as beef and wine – would “continue to maintain tariff differential advantages” in China. China has suspended beef imports from four Australian abattoirs on technical grounds and has reportedly drawn up lists of other potential targets for action, such as wine and dairy. Kym Anderson, a professor emeritus at the University of Adelaide’s school of economics, said the agreement was “clearly a managed trade deal that is against the spirit of liberal trade in an open multilateral trading system”. The deal also obliges China to increase purchases of American energy products – including coal and liquefied natural gas – by $US52bn over two years.
May 28, 2020 17:30 UTC
Boris Johnson has announced that friends and family will be able to meet outdoors in groups of six for socially distanced picnics and barbecues from Monday. People from different households will be able to gather outside as long as they stay two metres apart, wash their hands and avoid going inside. The prime minister said it meant that grandparents aged above 70 would be able to have “joyful” reunions with their children and grandchildren. Children will begin to return to school from next week, and outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen. However, Mr Johnson confirmed that more than two million people with underlying health conditions who were “shielded” would have to remain in
May 28, 2020 17:08 UTC